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Samuel Loveman letters, 1911-1976 

Loveman, Samuel, 1887-1976,.
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0.42 linear feet (0.42 linear feet 1 document box)
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Biographical Note

Samuel Loveman was born in 1887 in Cleveland, Ohio. An aspiring poet, Loveman left the Midwest in order to pursuer his career as a writer and to live an openly gay lifestyle. He moved to New York City in the early 1920s where he made the acquaintance of several prominent authors including Ambrose Bierce, Hart Crane, and H.P. Lovecraft. Loveman owned a bookstore named the Bodley Bookshop in Manhattan with his partner David Mann. He wrote two books, The Hermaphrodite was a poem published in July 1926 and subsequently republished with additional poems in 1936 and Twenty-One Letters, a collection of letters sent to him by Ambrose Bierce. He also published The Sphinx in 1944. Loveman died in relative obscurity at the Jewish Home and Hospital in 1976.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence sent to the New York bookseller, poet, and collector, Samuel Loveman. The Samuel Loveman Correspondence collection contains letters primarily sent to Loveman by friends, colleagues, and admirers. Subjects written about include the legacy and growing interest in author Hart Crane and Loveman's connection to him, antiquarianism, and books. There is a small amount of letters complimenting Loveman on his poetry. Sculptor Ahron Ben-Shmuel is well represented in the collection with letters spanning several decades.